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Creative Common / COMPETITION TIME! Aces Weekly for writers
« on: 10 October, 2019, 01:04:15 pm »
As seen on DTT.

Pin Some Words on a strip!

Shamefully lifted text:

In Week 7 of the digital comics anthology Aces Weekly Volume 41 (just past the title’s seventh birthday), the team are offering you a little party fun! Yes, a competition, like Pin The Tail On The Donkey, except this is Pin Some Words On A Strip! It’s open to all, and there’s a terrific page of art on offer to the winner, the work of Aces Weekly publisher and comics artist David Lloyd.

All you have to do is check out the art from an 11-page silent story of great art from up-and-comer, Alejandro Velasquez, which you can acquire as a PDF by emailing info@acesweekly.co.uk with the subject line: COMPETITION.

Then, after you’ve read the instructions for this Comics Competition that come with the PDF, write a clever (funny/or dramatic/or extremely intelligent/or all three) script for the art – and be in with the chance of winning a stunning page of art by David Lloyd…

But wait! This is just one of the prizes for writing the winning script to go with Alejandro’s 11 pages, the other prize being having that script lettered to the final strip, and published in Aces Weekly Volume 42, Week Six on 2nd December 2019!

Write your script in any legible format: i.e. Page 1; panel 1, Caption: whatever; Runner: whatever, etc… No handwritten scripts, please – and let the Aces Weekly team have it, via emailing info@acesweekly.co.uk

“This is all really just a bit of fun,” says David, “but in having that fun you might discover some creative muscles you never thought you had…

“By the way, for any Aces Weekly contributors reading this – you’re barred!”

Aces Weekly, for those who came in late, is a comics art collection of serials and short stories beamed directly to readers through cyberspace. A continuing stream of seven- part volumes – each totalling up to 150 pages with Extras – is yours for just £1 a week, in any currency. All Aces Weekly volumes are instantly accessible to subscribers and are never out-of-print, never unavailable, and are ready to read at any time when connected to the web.

Every volume is packed with strips, and has many pages of Extras, including character sketches, layouts, scripts and background info. New editions appear every Monday of every week of seven weeks, with two-week production breaks between each volume.

Velicity Jones - The Silent ForestAces Weekly Volume 41 features “Velicity Jones” by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle; “Reflection”  by Jok and Santullo; “The Fixer”by Richard Blandford and Lily Durell; “The Life and Times of Otis P. Mattingly”  by Chris Geary; “Mr Custa: Shrinking!” by Philip Whitmore, Bambos Georgiou and Mychailo Kazybrid; “Brown Bread” by John Kaiine; and “Grace’s Imaginary Menagerie” by Ryan Taylor.

• The closing date  is 11th November 2019. The winner will be announced shortly after via Aces Weekly‘s home page and Facebook page. The Publisher’s decision will be final!

• A subscription to Aces Weekly will cost you £6.99 – or £1 a week

There you go - one for the writers among us. Good luck!

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Music / Comic Writers on the Radio!
« on: 01 October, 2019, 10:02:05 am »
On Friday 4th October, Mr Alan Moore will be hosting a 2 hr radio show.

BBC Sounds page - Alan Moore Show!

following on from Mr Moore it will be Neil Gaiman.

Looks like a 'season' of comic related broadcasts.

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Other Reviews / Comic Zine - 2000 AD special
« on: 13 September, 2019, 07:52:51 am »

Coverby Ed Doyle - shockingly bad photo by me.


Declaration of interest - we here at team Zarjaz / Dogbreath were interviewed for this.

Okay - that's out of the way, time for a rambling review.

Comic Zine - 2000 AD 1977 - 2019. 

I knew this was about as I'd heard it was being produced, but it wasn't till I was corresponding with Ed Doyle that I was prompted to pick a copy up. 

You can get it from: https://getmycomics.com/ComicScene scroll down to find it.

I was very pleasantly surprised to see that this is a full colour title - with a decent spread of colour pages throughout. The content is all interviews and features, with illustrations spread throughout from a variety of artists. Lyndon Webb does some standout work and luckily he has his signature on several of his pieces as they aren't directly credited. There are several pieces in the book that I have no idea who drew, which is a picky point - but a valid one. The artists would like recognition.

The zine starts with a really nice interview with John Wagner and Dan Cornwell that took place at Lawless this year, followed by chats with Steve Macmanus, Ian Gibson and John Higgins. Then there is a piece about the 1977 - 2000 AD facebook group and a kickstarter they are planning for next year before Alan Holloway closes the zine with an article on 2000 AD fanzines that we took part in.

Niggles - I thought the lack of credits for the artists on the various illustrations was accidental but there is a page of strip written by Baden James Mellonie and illustrated by Steven Austin that has had its credits removed. An odd decision, as this is just the first page of a three page strip I lettered so is just left floating there with no frame of reference. 

It would have been nice for the fanzines to have gotten a 'where you can buy' line or two. I know that both us here and the chaps over at Sector 13 would appreciate the potential custom, especially as we were not provided even a digital copy of the book.

Overall I heartily recommend getting a copy of this - it's a really nice read, and if the team put together another I'll be keen to see where they go!

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Off Topic / Friday chat - what's happening with you?
« on: 30 August, 2019, 08:44:33 am »
This weekend I'll be speniding Saturday lettering comics for and Australian self publisher working on a pair of books, a one-shot GN for a scottish publisher and then I'll be trying to get the cover to the new Zarjaz ready.

On Sunday I'll be mostly driving - Plymouth and back (from the Brum wastes) to return Micro-Bolt to University then getting my stuff together ready to start the working week.

That's me - what about you lot?

Who's going to a gig? Comic show?

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Events / Comic Creating Course - October 2019
« on: 09 July, 2019, 03:33:04 pm »
Hi Squaxx, just seen this and thought that some folk here might be interested, or know someone who was:

Moniack Mhor Creating comics

Guests Emma Beeby, John Higgins and Hannah Berry (Currently the UK comics Laureate) are there all week.

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Books & Comics / BLACK NORTH - Kickstarter
« on: 01 July, 2019, 01:31:21 pm »
Hi Squaxx - I'm here to let you know about a Kickstarter that is currently running (9 days left to go) and is worthy of your attention.


BLACK NORTH is written by Mark McCann and illustrated by Steven Austin, and for the full link please check out: BLACK NORTH!

There's loads of info on the link, including the first six pages, which set the tones pretty well for the book as a whole.

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Books & Comics / COSMIC COMICS - New Hibernia Archive!
« on: 01 May, 2019, 09:49:53 am »
Hibernia Comicsy page


Just seen this on a Down the Tubes post and thought that many here would be interested...

Get it while you can!

Down Tubes link

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Books & Comics / SPACEWARP - New Venture from Pat Mills
« on: 05 April, 2019, 08:55:01 am »
Spacewarp

Opening paragraph of the blog post...

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR REALITY…
SPACE WARP IS COMING!

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to create a comic like 2000 AD, now is your chance to find out. To experience the highs, the lows, the creative jamming with artists, the excitement of breakthroughs and the disappointments when things go wrong. Then the satisfaction of solving those problems, getting the art right, the stories right, the thrill of seeing amazing new artwork, and the knowledge that we are facilitating great new talent who, otherwise, might be stuck in some boring job. And finally, the thrill of viewing the finished awesome comic.

So pull up a ringside seat, because that’s what I’m intending to do with SPACE WARP.


Sounds interesting (and it should as it is pretty much FutureQuake he's describing) and with Pat at the helm this is bound to be a solid read.

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Books & Comics / Zarjaz & Dogbreath need YOU!
« on: 03 April, 2019, 10:45:16 am »
Zarjaz & Dogbreath need YOU!


Hey there Squaxx- for years we at FQP have been bringing you the very finest small press talent we can find in the pages of Zarjaz & Dogbreath, but of late we've had fewer and fewer scripts to commission.


If this carries on then the next issues of both books could be the last.


So if you feel like you have what it takes to tell a Judge Dredd story, or want to chronicle a case for a Strontium Dog then drop us a line at either strontiumdogbreath.gmail.com or zarjazcomic@gmail.com

Zarjaz and Dogbreath are small press comics devoted to the worlds of 2000AD - both titles are not-for profit and exist purely due to the grace of TMO.

Stories should ideally be self contained and run 4 - 6 pages.



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Books & Comics / New Zarjaz & FutureQuake!
« on: 01 March, 2019, 07:36:22 am »
Sorry for the multiple posts...

New to buy from the FQP Webshop

Zarjaz 33


Cover art by:    Patrick Goddard and Steven Denton

The Galaxies Greatest Fanzine is here again to chase away the winter Thrill-suckers. A Dredd-world heavy issue that also includes both Slaine and the return of Torquemada. 48 pages for a mere £3.00. Available direct from this link!


Strips:

Future Shock- Gods Of The hunt by writer George Pickett and artist Sam Weller. Letters by Bolt-01

Judge Dredd- Attack On Labour Camp 45 by writer Richmond Clements and artist Lyndon Webb. Letters by Bolt-01

Judge Dredd- Leading The Blind by writer Alan Holloway and artist Dan Goodfellow. Letters by Bolt-01

Judge Dredd- Outside The Wall by writer Adam Breen and artist Dan Goodfellow. Letters by Bolt-01

Judge Dredd- Rogue by writer Ed Whiting and artist David Broughton. Letters by Bolt-01

Torquemada- Trashquemada by writer Santiago Mayaud and artist Adrian Bamforth. Letters by Adrian Bamforth

Slaine- As You wish by writer Alan Holloway and artist Cristian Navarro. Letters by Bolt-01

Tales of Mega-City One- Hells Half Acre by writer Alec Robertson and artist David Parsons. Letters by Bolt-01

Tales Of Necropolis- Death Takes A Holiday by writer and artist Robomonkey 147. Letters by Bolt-01

Don't miss out on Zarjaz- remember that fanzines only exist because of the support from you. Zarjaz is short of scripts- so if you fancy trying your hand at playing with Tharg's toys- get in touch. Remember that many today's droids forged their circuits working on fanzines.


New to buy from the FQP Webshop

FutureQuake 2019

      
Cover art by:    Rafael Romeo Magat

FutureQuake 2019 arrives to shock, surprise and scintillate as only the finest Small Press anthology can. Over 20 strips featuring the most astounding array of talent combining to bring you a whopping 100 pages for only £6.50 available from here!

Strips:

Because It's There by writer Matthew Hockey and artist Michael Walters. Letters by Bolt-01


Cereal Wars by writer Ryan Haack and artist Tom Barton. Letters by Tom Barton

Fax Man & Robbing by writer Chris Redfern and artist Luke Kemp-James. Letters by Bolt-01

Fragile Vessels by writer Mark McCann and artist David Yeh. Letters by Bolt-01

Infernal Technology by writer Drew Dillon and artist Michael Walters. Letters by Bolt-01

Mika and the god heart by writer Tim West and artist Rafael Romeo Magat. Letters by Rafael Romeo Magat

NeroySphinx- Junkyard Shopping by writer Daniel Whiston and artist Dave Thomson. Letters by Bolt-01

On the ledge by writer Thomas Trang and artist J.P. Vilchis. Letters by Bolt-01

Plot Hole by writer Lawrence Rider and artist Sinclair Elliott. Letters by Bolt-01

Resignation Notice by writer Brian Pearlman and artist Miguel Echemendia. Letters by Miguel Echemendia

Starship SOS by writer Ant Garnon and artist Alex Paterson. Letters by Bolt-01

Temple of the Giant by writer Joshua Spiller and artist Mike Bunt. Letters by Bolt-01

The Diabolical Device and The Insidious Invention of Doctor Undermind by writer Matt Sharp and artist Richard Waugh. Letters by Bolt-01

The Farm by writer Lee Robson and artist Brett Burbridge. Letters by Bolt-01

The Future Is Actually Pretty Great by writer Alexi Conman and artist Scott Twells (with colour by Owen Watts). Letters by Bolt-01

The Gods Thought Otherwise by writer Stephen Frame and artist Richard Waugh. Letters by Bolt-01

The Tale of the Privy by writer Dan Whiston and artist Will Pickering. Letters by Will Pickering

The Way of the dinosaur by writer Adam Breen and artist Anthony Summey. Letters by Anthony Summey

Tito's Homegrown by writer Gilbert Smith and artist Jim Lavery. Letters by Bolt-01

Too Much Like HARD Work by writer Dan Pollard and artist Dan Goodfellow. Letters by Bolt-01


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Help! / Laptop advice.
« on: 18 February, 2019, 08:27:57 am »
Dear Hive mind, help a poor Squaxx who is open to admitting he's not the most knowledgeable...

I replaced the laptop I use to make comics on two years ago, with a refurbished HP running windows 7 that didn't cost me the earth. Since then I've been happily spamming you all with comics and reminders of which artists and writers are going to be huge.

However- last week, upon booting up I got a message that my install of windows might not be legit...
I've contacted the company I bought the laptop from (via Amazon, so I assumed all should be above board) and have heard nothing since. I did a bit of searching and it looks like the company I bought the laptop from are no more- so I'm on my own here.

I followed the prompt on the laptop through to microsoft to see what I would need to pay to get back on with a legit version of windows but the link goes to a 404 page.

So I'm here, asking you what you would recommend I do? Do I just take my laptop to a shop and ask for help? Do I buy something online or should I just accept that my laptop is fudged and look at replacing? Ideally I'd like to stay on windows 7 as I'm not sure windows 10 will work with the increasingly aged versions of Photoshop & Illustrator I own (CS2)

Thanks for reading and all non-dairy comments gratefully received.

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Books & Comics / The 13th Stone
« on: 06 February, 2019, 11:12:04 am »
First up with a bit of warning- this is not a new strip (Link to original thread), but it is a new edition of the strip...

Press Release:
MALLET PRODUCTIONS BRINGS YOU A NEW TALE OF TERROR WITH THE 13TH STONE!


The reformed bastion of British horror has acquired the folk horror inspired The 13th Stone for digital release

United Kingdom, 2019: Following on from the success of the resurrected Mansion Of Madness, Mallet Productions returns to the field of digital comics with a brand new, expanded and coloured version of the English folk horror tale The 13th Stone.

The story sees archaeologist Joy Lambton taking a job in the small English village of Argleton, and soon finds herself intrigued by the ancient stones that stand on the outskirts – particularly why the few sources she can find about them claim there are only eleven stones, when there are clearly twelve.

But when she learns of a thirteenth stone, Joy begins to uncover the dark and terrifying connection they have to the village and its inhabitants...

Coloured by artist Bryan Coyle, this new version of The 13th Stone brings a whole new dimension to the creeping sense of dread contained within its pages, guaranteed to give you sleepless nights.

The comic is available via Comixology now, priced £1.99.


In the interests of full disclosure, I also lettered it.



About Mallet Productions:
Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.
Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).
However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.
In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.
While the Mansion Of Madness comic only lasted a few issues, it burned so very, very brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the British comics landscape, and inspiring a whole generation of creators – and it’s that same anthology that Mallet’s new owners, George Fairlamb and Lee Robson plan to use to re-establish the Mallet brand.
“We’re beyond excited to be able to bring Mallet back to forefront of the cultural discussion,” Fairlamb said. “As fans of the films, this is a dream come true. We’re going to make sure we remain true to the ethos of the original brand we grew up with.”
Mansion of Madness will be the first release under the new digital imprint, with The 13th Stone by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle to follow. More titles will be announced later.
Find out more about Mallet Productions and our future plans at http://www.malletproductions.co.uk



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News / Keef Richardson interviewed on Down The Tubes
« on: 01 February, 2019, 01:42:47 pm »
Over on the mighty Down The Tubes site Keef Richardson Speaks about the new releases from the Treasury and the return of the Vigilant!

and I'm reposting this image as it's just brill.

Linky!

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Books & Comics / The Mansion of Madness
« on: 31 October, 2018, 08:32:46 am »
How many out there remember 'this' from back in the day...


Yeah, it's a new comic for Mansion of Madness!

I'll declare up front that I've lettered the strips, but the whole package is so good I wanted to share it here too!

Press release:
MALLET PRODUCTIONS RETURNS FROM THE GRAVE!

The classic British studio has been resurrected under new ownership and releases a one-off special of their classic horror comic Mansion of Madness

United Kingdom, 2018: After almost forty years, the classic British studio Mallet Productions is back, with new owners and a brand new edition of the classic horror anthology Mansion of Madness, featuring the stories from some of the best and brightest creators in the comics world today.

A 48 page digital only collection, Mansion of Madness contains six brand new spine-tingling tales of terror, guaranteed to leave you sleeping with the lights on.

Featuring work from Andi Ewington, Maura McHugh, Maan House, Alex Paterson, Dan Hill, Alfie Gallagher, Clay McLeod Chapman, Adam Kindred, Bryan Coyle, Matt Soffe, Paul Moore and Jasper Bark, Mansion of Madness also marks the comics debut of fantasy author Ruth Frances Long.

“I’m beyond thrilled to be able to work with such a fantastic roster of people,” co-editor Lee Robson said. “Seeing what each of them brings to the table has been a rare honour, and being able to work with them hand-in-hand, to tell these stories, has been a truly amazing experience.”

The comic also features an exclusive extract from the forthcoming book about the history of Mallet Productions by noted comics scholar Colin Smith.

The collection will be available via Comixology from October 31st, priced $3.99 (£2.49 in groats)

ComiXology link: Mansion of Madness


About Mallet Productions:

Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.

Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).

However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.

In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.

While the Mansion Of Madness comic only lasted a few issues, it burned so very, very brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the British comics landscape, and inspiring a whole generation of creators – and it’s that same anthology that Mallet’s new owners, George Fairlamb and Lee Robson plan to use to re-establish the Mallet brand.

“We’re beyond excited to be able to bring Mallet back to forefront of the cultural discussion,” Fairlamb said. “As fans of the films, this is a dream come true. We’re going to make sure we remain true to the ethos of the original brand we grew up with.”

Mansion of Madness will be the first release under the new digital imprint, with The 13th Stone by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle to follow. More titles will be announced later.

Find out more about Mallet Productions and our future plans at http://www.malletproductions.co.uk




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